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Meeting to focus on contaminated site

State officials are to hold a rescheduled public meeting Thursday at Glen Cove City Hall about plans to clean up the Powers Chemco Superfund site near the waterfront.

Last week the state Department of Environmental Conservation canceled the meeting due to snow and extended the public comment period by one week to Feb. 24. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and follows one held on Jan. 30 in Sea Cliff.

The $5.5 million cleanup at 71 Charles St. in Glen Cove would include excavating about 10,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and replacing it with clean soil, cleaning the groundwater and requiring periodic monitoring.

The contamination stems from dumping by the Columbia Ribbon Carbon and Manufacturing Co., which owned the property before selling it in 1979, according to the DEC. Evidence of the contamination dates to the 1950s when aerial photographs showed open pits where printing inks, carbon paper and typing ribbons were dumped, according to the DEC. The property is currently owned by Konica Minolta Holding USA Inc.

The contamination was discovered in 1983 and a previous attempt to remediate the site did not fully remove hazardous chemicals that include benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene and methyl ethyl ketone. Groundwater samples have found arsenic, chromium, lead and mercury that exceeded safe levels.

The state lists the site as posing a significant threat to public health or the environment.



Trustees vote today on tax cap measure

Mineola trustees will hold a precautionary vote Wednesday to allow the village to exceed the state tax cap if necessary.

The vote is a measure that municipalities take before spring budget votes. Passing the local law is recommended “to protect the municipality if there is a technical or clerical error in the cap calculation or some other unforeseen occurrence that results in a municipality inadvertently exceeding the tax cap,” according to the legal notice for the public hearing.

A public hearing will precede the vote, starting 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 155 Washington Ave.

A public hearing for the budget has not yet been set, said village clerk Joseph Scalero. It must be held by April 30, he said.

The village last April passed a $21.7 million budget.



Waterfront project discussed tonight

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello plans to hold a public meeting Wednesday night with representatives of the Garview Point waterfront development project.

“It’s going to be an update as to the status of the waterfront — where they’re at and where they’re headed,” Spinello spokeswoman Zefy Christopoulos said.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Glen Cove City Hall and will include representatives from developer RXR Realty LLC. Company vice president Thomas Graham and landscape architect Rick Parisi are expected to attend.

Christopoulos said the meeting will “give people the opportunity, especially residents of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, and surrounding communities, to ask questions.”

RXR Realty president and chief executive Scott Rechler said last year that the $1 billion project, which has been in the works for more than a decade, is expected to break ground in 2014. The developer plans to build 860 residential units, a 250-room hotel, 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 50,000 square feet of office space. The 52-acre project also includes 19 acres of publicly accessible space. The city’s industrial development agency plans to sell the land to the developer.



Workshop to help superstorm victims

Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) will host a superstorm Sandy relief workshop Thursday to help affected residents learn about financial assistance.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Baldwin Community Room at Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Ave. Representatives from Curran’s office, New York Rising Community Reconstruction Development Program, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and National Grid will be in attendance.

NY Rising representatives will be there to help residents with their existing Sandy claims. Department of Financial Services staff will assist insurance or banking issues that residents may have. National Grid representatives will discuss programs for residents and business that they are offering in the wake of Sandy.

To sign up for the event, call Curran’s District Office at 516-561-8216 or email



Black History Month celebration Saturday

The Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Hempstead will celebrate Black History Month with a panel discussion there from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday on “Black Wall Street,” America’s wealthiest African-American community in the early 1920s.

The Black Wall Street was a neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla., that had more than 600 African-American businesses, schools, oil wells and other operations. A racially triggered riot in 1921 burned the community down.

A documentary will be shown before the discussion.

Panelists will include Kenneth Saunders, sociology professor and acting president of Nassau Community College; Christopher Douglas, professor of African-American history at Brooklyn College; Rashied K. Sharrieff Al-Bey, a sociology professor at Nassau Community College and adjunct instructor at Hofstra University; and Sylvester Wise, professor emeritus of Africana Studies and Sociology at Nassau Community College.

Those wishing to attend the event should use the Hilbert Street entrance of the church at 35 Fulton Ave.



RGroups team up for gang prevention

Law enforcement officials, educators and parents will be among those teaming up at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Tuesday to take on gangs.

The university’s School of Education and the Safe and Supportive Schools and Community Consortium will host the 16th annual Gang and Youth Violence Prevention conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gang violence on Long Island hasn’t gone away since the first conference was held at the university in 1999, said conference chairwoman Laura Lustbader.

This year’s gathering, which is sponsored by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, will bring together representatives youth development agencies and law enforcement for a series of workshops. There will also be a panel discussion with six former gang members.

“We think the team approach is critically important,” Lustbader said.

The conference will explore topics including crime prevention and the link between gangs and substance abuse.

Betsy Salemson, director of the office of professional development at Hofstra’s School of Education, said spreading awareness is key to combating the issues facing Long Island’s young people.

“Our only hope is that we can make people more aware and, hopefully, try to make a difference in the lives of at least some of our kids,” she said.

The fee to attend the conference fee is $50, or $25 with a current HofstraCard. For a complete conference schedule, visit

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